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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Finally getting around to their debut album after nearly four years as a band, State Radio seemingly throw everything in leader Chad Urmston's songbooks onto tape, as if the band can't make up their minds what they want their musical persona to be. A surprising number of these 14 songs, like the opening "People to People," are straight-up reggae, with Urmston working to sound as much like Bunny Wailer as a white boy from Vermont can. Elsewhere, the vibe is more akin to Ted Leo & the Pharmacists' nervy updating of late-'70s post-punk of the Specials/Jam/Ruts variety, as on the rocking "Black Cab Motorcade." Then there's a lot of stuff like "Man in the Hall," where the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Finally getting around to their debut album after nearly four years as a band, State Radio seemingly throw everything in leader Chad Urmston's songbooks onto tape, as if the band can't make up their minds what they want their musical persona to be. A surprising number of these 14 songs, like the opening "People to People," are straight-up reggae, with Urmston working to sound as much like Bunny Wailer as a white boy from Vermont can. Elsewhere, the vibe is more akin to Ted Leo & the Pharmacists' nervy updating of late-'70s post-punk of the Specials/Jam/Ruts variety, as on the rocking "Black Cab Motorcade." Then there's a lot of stuff like "Man in the Hall," where the idea is to make jam band grooves for the trustafarians to noodle-dance to. Mixed in with all of these divergent ideas are songs like the genuinely haunting ballad "Riddle in London Town" and the distorted, tense "Calvados Chopper" that don't fit neatly into any particular style and are therefore the most easy to like and memorable tunes on the record. Perhaps on their second album, State Radio will have a clearer idea of where they're going.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003048620
  • Catalog Number: 30486
  • Sales rank: 357,866

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 People to People (4:18)
  2. 2 Mr. Larkin (4:08)
  3. 3 Camilo (4:50)
  4. 4 Right Me Up (4:13)
  5. 5 Black Cab Motorcade (4:04)
  6. 6 Riddle in London Town (4:50)
  7. 7 Man in the Hall (3:49)
  8. 8 Waitress (3:56)
  9. 9 Diner Song (3:29)
  10. 10 Gunship Politico (5:43)
  11. 11 Rushian (2:55)
  12. 12 Calvada's Chopper (7:24)
  13. 13 Sybil (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
State Radio Primary Artist
John Montagnese Background Vocals
Tim Bright Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Mike Daly Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Vibes
Baba Ben Israel Beat Box
Paul Wolstencroft Keyboards
Brian Sayers Drums
Matt Pavolka Trombone
Brian Humphrey Percussion
Craig Welsch Percussion
John Deley Keyboards
Matt Flynn Drums, Vocals
Chuck Fay Bass, Piano, Vocals
Jeremy Shockley Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul Q. Kolderie Producer
Andy Taub Engineer
Tim Bright Programming, Engineer
Mike Daly Producer
John Mailloux Mastering
Brian Humphrey Producer, Engineer
John Shyloski Engineer
Craig Welsch Producer
Dalton Sim Management
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome album...

    Thought-provoking, socially conscious, and strongly performed, this album is a must-listen. State Radio mixes styles, particularly rock and reggae, to create a fresh, new sound. Many of the songs have social and political themes, ranging from racism in the court system or injustice within the military to simpler, more personal stories of middle class people fighting for their fading rights. Fans of Dispatch will be happy to hear Chad Urmston's vocals again. I've seen State Radio live so many times that I've lost count, and I will see them again. My review is glowing, but I'm also a rabid fan, so I won't blame you for taking it with a grain of salt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    State Radio is a must

    This is a wonderful CD and I'd highly recomend it to everyone. State Radio has a smooth sound and I love that their songs have meaning instead of being like the mainstream pop fluff. Also, check out the acoustic version of Mr. Larkin it's unbelievably heart-wrenching.

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